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Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Band of Brothers WANTS YOU!

Posted by DavidNYC

Next week, something pretty unusual is going to take place in Washington, DC. Over forty veterans - all Democrats, all running for the House - will join forces to kick off the 2006 campaign season. There hasn't been a gathering like this since just after World War II. And here's what they'll be doing:

• Showing their unqualified support for their brother, Rep. John Murtha, in the face of despicable swift boat attacks.

• Developing a positive message to unite the Band of Brothers as a political force.

• Raising much-needed awareness on issues of importance to both veterans and troops.

Here's the key part for anyone reading this: We want you there, too. If you're anywhere in the DC area, and you're as outraged as I am about the attacks on Col. Murtha, the lack of body armor for our troops, cuts in veterans benefits, and the simple fact that the Bush presidency has made us less safe, less strong, and less secure, then join us on the steps of the US Capitol (west lawn) at 10am on Wednesday, February 8th.

Wait, it gets better: The keynote speaker for the event at the Capitol is none other than former Sen. Max Cleland, a true American hero in every sense of the word, and a man who knows a thing or two about campaigning as a veteran. There will be lots of cameras and lots of reporters, so it's crucial that we show our support. If you're free, come on by. And if you work in the area, take an early coffee break. It'll be well worth your while.

But if you can't join us in the morning (and even if you can), you have a second chance to meet all these veterans at a fundraiser at the Frederick Douglass House (320 A Street NE), from 6-8pm, also on Feb. 8th. This will be a lot more fun than your ordinary campaign fundraiser, where if you're lucky you get to talk to the candidate for 90 seconds. There will be dozens of candidates here to meet-n-greet, and all of them have interesting stories to tell.

To purchase tickets, go to the Band of Brothers ActBlue page. The contribution levels are:

Supporter - $5,000
Patron - $1,000
Sponsor - $500
Guest - $100

Your name will automatically be placed on the guest list.

I hope you can make it - either in the morning, evening, or both! And if you're a Swing State reader (which you are, since you're reading this right now), I'll be there, so please be sure to introduce yourself.

UPDATE: Tickets are now available only at the door - my apologies. If you already paid, though, you're fine.

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David---just out of curiousity, how much money does the Band of Brothers hope to raise in 2006?

Posted by: HellofaSandwich [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2006 12:09 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Sandwich: I don't have an answer for that question right now. Once I do get a number (and assuming we decide to make that number public), I will be sure to announce it. However, I've never worked with a PAC before, and I don't know if it's routine to publicly state fundraising goals. (My guess, actually, would be that it's not.) So if I'm not able to say anything publicly, I hope you'll understand.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2006 01:06 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Oh, I understand, David. I just hope that Band of Brothers grows to be a really robust PAC that can help out ALL the candidates who need it. And that would require a lot of money...

Posted by: HellofaSandwich [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2006 02:09 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Hey, man, I hope so, too!

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2006 02:28 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

That's way cool. Will be there if possible...

Posted by: danwalter [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2006 04:23 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Guys, thanks for the work you do. I want to say that Jack Murtha is supported by those in the USMC that know a little bit about him. As for me, I have this to say about him and those who smear him. It originally appeared on Ms Huffington's Post, but I want you to know that regular guys like me are here when you need us to stand up for men like him:
I am a Marine currently serving at 4th Marine Aircraft Wing in New Orleans. Right now my fellow Marines and I are watching as we slowly slouch towards war with Iran. If deployed to the area, I promise you this: we will fight together, and we will fight valiantly. We will fight for those we do not know and for a cause we might not share. But we will fight. And when we come home, we may continue our fight, in the halls of power, the state capitols, and DC, if we so choose. We have earned it in blood and sweat. No one, and I mean no one, has the right to impugn our service, or our credentials without expecting a defense. I am defending Mr. Murtha because he did in Vietnam what others would not do. And I thank God for giving me the chance to make my mark as he has. And when I come home, will you be there to slander me too?

Thanks again for your work.

Posted by: JD [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2006 01:14 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment